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24 Apr. 2015 Eric Schmidt takes minority stake in D.E. Shaw [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hillspire, the family office for Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt has taken a 20 percent stake in D.E. Shaw Group. The interest was previously owned by Lehman Brothers Holdings. Schmidt may be a welcome investor in D.E. Shaw, given David Shaw’s own bac
24 Apr. 2015 Ben Goertzel to launch hedge fund managed by artificial intelligence [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hong Kong-based financial technology start-up Aidyia co-founder and chief scientist Ben Goertzel said he would launch a hedge fund in the U.S. to be managed by artificial intelligence, reported
24 Apr. 2015 U.S. does not want hedge funds to invest in offshore re-insurers for tax purposes [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The U.S. Treasury Department on Thursday introduced a new rule aimed at limiting hedge funds’ ability to reduce their tax bills by investing in insurance companies in offshore tax havens. As a general rule, the U.S. tax laws does not allow hedge funds to use off
24 Apr. 2015 Gottex posts strong performance in its Asian and multi-asset hedge funds [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Independent global asset management group Gottex Fund Management Holdings Limited reported strong gains from its multi-asset and Asian strategies. Gottex said that as at end April 10, the firm’s multi-asset products
24 Apr. 2015 Study: Liquid alts outperform hedge funds in 2014 [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: New research from Preqin shows that liquid alternative products outperformed hedge funds in 2014. According to the report, the average alternative mutual fund delivered returns of 4.36% over the course of 2014, compared to 3.78% for single-manager hedge funds
23 Apr. 2015 Time to reduce reinsurance exposure? [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: The reinsurance sector has not produced the greatest returns lately. Meanwhile alternative investors have been piling into it as a source of permanent capital, and this apparently threatens the returns on equity. But the asset class remains, as always, a wort
23 Apr. 2015 Ruling: Hedge funds suing Argentina can have access to bond offering details [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: U.S. District Judge Thomas Griesa in Manhattan ruled yesterday that hedge funds are entitled to details of a recent bond offering by Buenos Aires, reports
23 Apr. 2015 Hedge fund DoubleLine Capital acquires $20m of junk-rated Puerto Rico bonds [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: DoubleLine Capital, an investment management firm based in Los Angeles, bought $20m of junk-rated Puerto Rico bonds, according to
23 Apr. 2015 Hedge fund manager Hugh Hendry says 'contentious posturing' is paying off [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hugh Hendry, founder of the hedge fund Eclectica, said that his decision in 2013 to turn from a bearish to a bullish stance is starting to pay off – in terms of returns. Speaking to an Auckland audience via Skype from the UK this week, Hendry said his hedge fund, wh
22 Apr. 2015 Barclay CTA Index gains 0.50% in March, 3.47% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Managed futures traders gained 0.50% in March 2015 according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index is up 3.47% year to date. “Equity markets were mixed, commodities gave back the prior month’s gain, and interest rates turned lower after tr
22 Apr. 2015 Hedge funds assets approach $3tln milestone as investors return to macro [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Global hedge fund assets surged to a new record to begin 2015, as 1Q15 performance gains through the volatile macroeconomic environment attracted the largest capital inflow since 2Q14. Total hedge fund assets increased to $2.94 trillion, an increase of $95 billion, led by
22 Apr. 2015 Barclay Hedge Fund Index Up 0.46% in March (+2.57% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds were up 0.46% in March, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index is up 2.57% through the end of the first quarter, versus a return of 0.95% for the S&P 500. “Prices for risk assets declined in March as the hea
22 Apr. 2015 Asian long short hedge funds rally continues [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Asian long/short equity managers, in particular long biased ones, have continued their meteoric rise, reports Lyxor Asset Management in its latest Weekly Briefing: a typical long-biased Asia Pacific manager was up +10%
22 Apr. 2015 ALTIN’s hedge funds generated strong returns in Q1 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: ALTIN AG, the Swiss alternative investment company listed on the London and Swiss stock exchanges and featuring more than 40 underlying hedge funds, reported that all its hedge funds generated strong returns in the fir
21 Apr. 2015 CIFC adds investor relations [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - CIFC Corp, a leading relative-value credit manager, today announced that Ruth Lane has joined the firm as Head of Investor Relations, a newly created position. Ms. Lane reports to Head of Business Development R. Spencer Potts, who joined the firm in February to
20 Apr. 2015 Carlyle shutters liquid alts business [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The Carlyle Group's on again, off again relationship with retail investors has seen another breakup. The investment firm announced over the weekend that it will be closing two liquid alternative mutual funds it launched last year. According to regulator
17 Apr. 2015 Burren Capital Advisors launch the Burren Global Arbitrage UCITS Fund on the MontLake UCITS Platform [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Burren Capital Advisors Limited, a specialist event driven manager, today announced the launch of its Global Arbitrage equities fund on the MontLake UCITS platform, a leading independent platform for UCITS funds that provides investors with access to a range of liquid, tr
17 Apr. 2015 Hedge fund Northwest Investment gains 46% on cheaper valuation of Chinese firms [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The cheaper valuations of Chinese companies’ Hong Kong-quoted class-H shares have helped one of Northwest Investment Management (HK)’s hedge fund gain 46% so far this year, reported
17 Apr. 2015 Study shows how almost all institutional investors use social media on unprecedented scale in investment decisions [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A study by Greenwich Associates showed that 80% of institutional investors use social media in their investment decision process. The result of the study highlights the emerging trend that LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, etc are now key sources of information amongst i
16 Apr. 2015 New York Life Investment completes acquisition of IndexIQ [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: New York Life Investment Management (NYLIM), the third party global asset management business of New York Life, has completed its acquisition of IndexIQ, an issuer of liquid alternative exchange-traded fund (ETF) solutions, the company said in a
16 Apr. 2015 Paul Singer’s Elliot Advisor in rare decline in Q1 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Paul Singer’s Elliott Advisor suffered a rare decline in the first quarter of this year as the value of one of its hedge funds fell 0.5% during the period, reported
15 Apr. 2015 Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index up for third consecutive month, 0.83% in March, 3.11% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds registered their third consecutive month of gains since the start of the year, with the Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index up 0.83% in March, outperforming the MSCI World Index which ended the month down 0.39%. Key takeaways for the month of Marc
15 Apr. 2015 Fund managers express concern of overvaluation in both equity and bond markets [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: According to the BofA Merrill Lynch Fund Manager Survey, investors see growing overvaluations in both
15 Apr. 2015 What to do in a negative rates environment [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: The world of low or negative yields came to the limelight again when Switzerland recently tightened its negative interest rates. In this kind of environment, what is an investor to do. PIMCO recommends taking a global investment approach and move into invest
15 Apr. 2015 UCITS hedge fund index gains 0.36% in March (+2.47% YTD) [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The UCITS HFS Index that tracks UCITS funds using hedge fund strategies continues its positive run in 2015 with gains of 0.36% in March 2015, the third positive monthly result in a row, said Pfaeffikon-based service provider 2n
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